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Countisbury Hill Cottage

Lynton, Devon

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Just inland from the dramatic coast around Foreland Point, Countisbury is a hamlet on the coast road leading down to Lynmouth. Surrounded by Trust coast and countryside, this attractive and traditional stone and slate cottage has its own, enclosed garden to the front, and just over the road there is a seventeenth-century coaching inn. This is a cosy and picturesque base from which to explore the marvellous landscapes, prehistoric sites and abundant wildlife of Exmoor and the coast, all within easy walking distance from the cottage doorstep. Enjoy a delightful walk to the Trusts historic tea-garden and old fishing lodge at Watersmeet, deep in the wooded valley just inland from here. The nearest shops and restaurants are nearby in Lynton and Lynmouth.

The cottage's layout

Ground floor
sitting room with multi-fuel stove, dining room, kitchen.
First floor
two bedrooms (1 double with 5' bed, 1 twin), bathroom with shower over bath, separate lavatory.
Visitor notes

Heating: Night storage heating and convector heating included.

Garden: The large enclosed garden at the front of the cottage. This is next to the coast road leading down to Lynmouth.

Parking: There is parking directly outside the cottage.

Fly fishing: From 1st March to 30th September,a complementary day ticket for salmon and/or trout fishing on the East Lyn is available for guests, this can be collected at Watersmeet, open from 8am till dusk daily, for more information call 01598 763556

Offers: For any 2 night starting on a Friday, or 3 night starting on a Thursday, guests can benefit from a late departure time on the Sunday of 6pm, at no extra charge.

Logs/Charcoal: Logs can be pre-ordered in nets at £6 per net (one net will provide enough logs for a day).

A Fire Starter Kit, consisting of eco-fire-lighters and kindling can be pre-ordered for £6.50.

Further supplies can be ordered during your stay by calling the Contact Centre.

Cottage details
Let starts
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Dogs allowed
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  • Dogs welcome
  • Open fire / stove
  • Beach nearby
  • Pub nearby
  • Coast nearby
  • Cot
  • Freezer
  • Television
  • Tumble dryer
  • Washing machine
  • Double bed
  • Microwave
  • Radio
  • If you would like a copy of the access statement for this cottage please call the booking office on 0344 335 1287


Things to see and do nearby

The exterior of Higher Brownstone Farm, Coleton Fishacre, Devon  © Mike Henton

Devon's a big and beautiful county with much to offer. From bucolic sleepy market towns to the miles and miles of coastline, much loved by surfers, swimmers, families, and walkers from all over the world, a trip to this special place will stay with you for ever. We have a great range of holiday options in Devon, from holiday cottages brimming with character and lovingly restored to our bunkhouses and bothies, all located on or near land in the care of the National Trust.

Coastal heath (Common heather, Bell heather and Western gorse) lining the coastal path in late summer on the hillside above Heddon's Mouth near Lynton, North Devon. © David Noton

North Devon with its outstanding coast, glorious moorland, plunging wooded valleys and remote, unchanging rural landscapes inland - has so much to offer the visitor, no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. While on the coast you will find miles of sandy beaches at places like Woolacombe and Croyde, and some of the finest surf in Britain (whether you?re a beginner or a pro), interspersed by long and lonely stretches of dramatic soaring cliffs and rugged headlands, with the South West Coast Path running all the way along the coast, guaranteeing some exhilarating walking, the beautiful wooded valleys and winding rivers of Exmoor National Park add a softer touch to the landscape around the fringes of the high bare moorland. To the north of Exmoor are the dramatically picturesque seaside towns of Lynton and Lynmouth and to their west, the pretty villages of Parracombe and Combe Martin are the gateways to some breathtaking valley and coastal scenery. This is a landscape which captured the imagination of the 19th century Romantic poets and provided the inspiration for Lorna Doone and continues to thrill and delight all who discover it today. The River Heddno runs through Parracombe and then down through the wooded Heddon Valley, a paradise for butterflies and wild flowers, before reaching the sea at heddon\'s Mouth. Combe Martin is a fomer mining village in a sheltered valley that reaches the sea at a beach and harbour beneath the towering drama of the heath-clad cliffs of Little Hangman, with Great Hangman beyond. Like the Heddon Valley, a good network of footpaths here allows for some splendid and challenging walks to be enjoyed through this remarkable landscape. Nearby is lovely Arlington Court with its estate, house and garden and the National Trust Carriage Museum. Ilfracombe, Barnstaple and Bideford bring a bit of seaside sparkle. Inland, there are historic market towns and hidden villages in the lovely unspoilt valleys of the Taw and the Torridge. Activities in the area include birdwatching, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, walking and water sports.

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place to visit
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  • Minehead and West Somerset Steam railway
  • Porlock and Porlock Weir
  • open top double decker bus links Minehead to Lynmouth through the Exmoor National Park
  • South West Coast Path.
  • Bird watching
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • horse riding
  • surfing
  • walking
  • water sports.
National Trust places to visit
Watersmeet Dramatic river gorge and ancient woodlands near the rocky North Devon coast
Heddon Valley
Heddon Valley Towering cliffs, secluded coves and a beautiful wooded valley within Exmoor National Park
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum
Arlington Court and the National Trust Carriage Museum Intimate and intriguing Regency house, set in extensive estate, and impressive collection of horse-drawn vehicles
Holnicote Estate
Holnicote Estate Varied landscape of moorland, woods, farms and coast, rich in wildlife
Dunster Working Watermill
Dunster Working Watermill Fully restored watermill
Dunster Castle
Dunster Castle Ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens

Visitor comments

Comments from past visitors

  • Andrew Bullock
    • September 2015
    • ----
    Made enjoyable....

    good standard of accommodation, well maintained and very comfortable. The cleanliness of the cottage was excellent. The NT staff that we met (at the cottage doing maintenance) were friendly and very helpful

  • Godfrey
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Made enjoyable....

    Location perfect. Cottage of the usual reliable standard. Booking easy. Shame about the WiFi but I knew about that when booking.

  • Hazel whittaker
    • July 2015
    • Unknown
    Very clean!

    The standards of cleanliness at this cottage was suburb. We also loved crossing the road to the pub opposite for breakfast, dinner and the odd pint, in fact they were very happy for us to take our drinks back across the road to enjoy in the NT garden! Delightful.

  • M J Mills
    • May 2015
    • Surrey
    Made special by:

    Location: surrounded by stunning scenery but with a decent pub across the road. Hard to improve on that. We repeatedly book NT cottages because of the quality of the cottages - spotlessly clean, charming, freshly decorated and well-maintained.

  • Elizabeth Harris
    • May 2015
    • London
    Made special by:

    The cottage exceeded our expectations, the views behind the church were beautiful and the clouds over the moors dreamy and all the wild horses and the summer fete at in the next hamlet, the pub opposite does wonderful food and its so close to the little old seaside town, with the most amazing tiny fresh fish restaurant, amazing scallops ! & Watersmeet ! What a gem, heaven on earth, swimming in the freezing cold stream amongst the amazing scenery I don't think your description or photo's do the house justice, it is much better in the flesh and a great location, more views of whats around it may make it more attractive, the view at the back the view down the hill, the town, the moors

  • Oliver Beswick
    • January 2015
    • England
    Snug, clean cottage

    Countisbury cottage was perfect for what we wanted and more besides. Fantastic setting, 2 minutes form the coastal paths and across the road form a pub which served great food and very welcoming, but did not disturb us at night. Cottage was snug, clean, well equipped and of decent size, perfect for two adults and I'm sure if we'd taken the children along, for a family of four. Thank you The standard was A1 and being so close to the coast and relatively remote made it perfect for what we wanted.

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